Prospective Student: Where Do I start?

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  1. imMorsmordre

    imMorsmordre New Member

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    Hello, I'm a rising sophmore in high school who has wanted for my entire life to go to the Naval Academy, I plan to graduate high school with at least 10 varsity letters and hopefully about a 3.75-4.25 GPA (with some tough AP classes)... I am only couple years away now from finaly being able to apply to the Academy and I'm hoping to get some hints, tips and suggestions on what to do and where to start, from someone who has been there before? What can I do now, what can I do next year? what classes should I take? any opinion is valued, thank you very much in advance!
     
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    Study the posts here...much useful information and insights.

    Bottom line: take the toughest curriculum your school offers and excel.

    Also, study for and ace the SAT/ACT. Nothing sets you apart from the rest like nailing it on a common measure.

    And, impress your 11 grade English and math teachers. They'll be writing critical references.

    Good luck.
     
  3. navywife87

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    Be the best YOU that you can be! Take the hardest classes that you know you can excel in. Take every opportunity to go above and beyond in your sports and search for leadership positions. Keep up your GPA and your class rank. Also, start taking the ACT/SAT soon so that when they count, you are ready! Best of Luck!!
     
  4. imMorsmordre

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    thank you for the responce, it reminds me of another question I had as well, I know of the importance of math at the Academy, but as of now (im getting better) math is my weakpoint, i do not have very good grades in math, do I need to push through to high level math classes and struggle along the way? or try to let my excelllent grades in social studies and english high level classes carry me? how big of a problem is a math weakness?
     
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    Math is extremely important to the academy. This is a technical school, not a liberal arts school. Midshipmen are awarded a bachelor of science degree upon graduation.
     
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    Fyterpilot22 USAFA '13

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    Everyone above has the right ideas. I would say in addition to start focusing on the Naval Academy Summer Seminar which you will be able to apply for in about a year and a half. In my opinion, that is one stepping stone you should aim for as well as keep excelling in every other aspect mentioned above.

    I went to NASS back in '08 and it was a fantastic experience and really gives you an idea of Academy/Midshipman life not to mention it is the opportune time to get answers from the Midshipman themselves.
     
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    I strongly recommend reading the Naval Academy Admissions Catalog from cover-to-cover. It is online at the USNA website. It gives a lot of guidance on what the academy is looking for in a candidate.

    Math courses are very important. Even if you intend to major in something non-technical at the Naval Academy, you are still going to take a ton of technical courses; so many, in fact, that all graduates (even the English majors) are awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree.
     
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    Thanks for the info, And yes Im counting down the days until I can register for NASS...Math is still the only think that scares me, I'm a high C student in average level math classes...all my other subjects I take AP and Honors and am an A student.
     
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    Once again I can't thank you all enough!...another question I have would be, how soon should I contact my BGO?
     
  10. navy2016

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    Do extra math over the summer and get the basics down. I hit the wall this year in math, barely getting past AP BC cal with a B (luckily I did get a 35 on ACT in math). Use ACT/SAT test prep books. They will help to some extent.
     

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